PORTRAIT CLIENT INFORMATION
I focus on capturing images that tell the story of who you are as a couple or family. This means that all you have to do is show up. Just you, as you are. I’ll do the rest. It’s my job, and I love it.
If after reading through this info you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to email me, call, or text me at 970.260.0888.
How it Works
1 – Email me at email@example.com or call me at 970.260.0888 to set up the time and place for your custom session.
2 - Here's my favorite part! We'll meet up at a beautiful location for your session. All you have to do is show up. I’ll do the rest. (Your session fee is due at this time.)
3 – Within two weeks of your session, your edited photos will be ready. Your finished gallery of edited images will include approximately 30 images on a custom USB drive. I'll give you a Print Release form as well as my Print Lab recommendations so that you own the rights to all of your photos and you can print them at your leisure, for years to come.
I photograph in a fine art style. I focus on capturing images that tell the story of who you are as a couple or family. Natural. Sun-filled. Bright. Breathtaking. And beautiful. I believe that getting your picture taken should be easy and fun…without all the fuss. Captured in a natural outdoor setting to make you look your absolute best.
Location & Timing
I love bright, natural, and sun-drenched images, so it works best to do sessions outdoors in the early morning or early evening for the best light. The best months for outdoor family portraits are May through October. Family portraits in the autumn colors are a popular choice, and a great way to get a photo to send out on holiday cards. These sessions are very popular, so please contact me in advance to ensure availability. A spot that is meaningful to your family is often a great location for portraits: a favorite park, hiking trail, or community garden. Location is up to you, but I have some suggestions that I’d be happy to share with you.
What to Expect
I want you to feel totally comfortable in your own skin, and have fun! Your session will take 1 to 1 ½ hours. I encourage you to bring a favorite toy for your kids, water, and snacks to revive tired or hungry little ones. When we meet up for photos, I’ll spend most of the time capturing natural family interactions. I will pose you for some photos, but often my favorite photos are the ones of you laughing and having a good time together. Sometimes as Moms, we feel the need to coach our kids during the picture process. “Smile!” “Look at the camera!” “Say cheese!” It’s only natural. My hope is to capture your kids’ natural and unforced smiles, and I have tricks that often work like a charm. As parents, I want you to focus on having fun with your kids. Time spent loving on them and laughing with them makes some of the best photographs.
What to Wear
Let’s be honest, it’s usually us ladies who care most about what we look like, so that’s why I usually advise the lady of the house to be the one who picks her outfit out first. I’m a firm believer in the tried and true premise that “If Mama ain’t happy, then nobody’s happy.” It’s sure true in my house. Ask my hubby. So, ladies, pick out what you feel best in. Go splurge and buy yourself something you absolutely love and feel great in. Then, plan everyone elses’ outfits around yours. I know it sounds slightly self-absorbed, but trust me, I’ve done this for years and it works. Once you’ve found an outfit you feel amazing in, it will be easier to coordinate the others around you. Try to pick a color family that you want to stick with, and then feel free to pick out an accent color to add in. Think coordinated, not matchy matchy. We don’t want everyone in white polos, but we do want you and your mate or family to look like a coordinated unit. Try to avoid large logos or lettering on the clothing you choose. Feel free to add in textures, patterns, and accessories. Scarves, chunky necklaces, or a favorite pair of boots can often make an outfit.
Sometimes incorporating meaningful objects can be a fun way to add life and joy in to your photos. Consider what you and your family love to do together, and think about if one of those activities could be added in to your session.
Some ideas include:
- Cruiser Bikes
- A hammock
- A picnic blanket and basket
- A watering can and basket of flower
- An old fashioned automobile
- Ice cream cones or popsicles
- Cupcakes for an upcoming birthday!
I encourage you to bring something to your session that is meaningful or fun for your family and I will make sure to incorporate it in some of the photos.
Most sessions are photographed in outdoor locations, in beautiful morning or evening light. If the weather is rainy or windy, or if the forecast looks grim, I will contact you to reschedule.
If you or one of your family members is feeling under the weather on the day of your session, please don’t hesitate to call and reschedule. We want everyone to be feeling their best on the day that we do pictures. There is no fee or charge for rescheduling due to illness.
I look forward to our session together!
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